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Statement of Italy during the 36th Special Session of the Human Rights Council

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Marie Sol Fulci, took the floor today during the 36th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights impact of the ongoing conflict in the Sudan.

Italy is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the human rights situation in Sudan following the outbreak of hostilities on 15 April, which have already caused a death toll of hundreds and thousands of injured”, stated the Deputy Permanent Representative, adding that Italy is also “gravely concerned about the exacerbation of the already dire humanitarian situation in the country, as well as the sharp increase of internally displaced persons and refugees in neighbouring countries”.

Italy calls on all actors involved to immediately end the armed confrontations, protect civilians and refrain from attacks on civilian infrastructures, including medical and education facilities, as well as to enable rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access”, she further stated, expressing Italy’s supports for “all mediations efforts – including by the UN, the African Union, IGAD and the League of Arab States – to achieve a lasting ceasefire and resume an inclusive political dialogue with a view to establishing a transitional civilian government”. She also underlined that Italy appreciates the “joint initiative by the US and Saudi Arabia that led to preliminary talks in Jeddah between representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces”.

In conclusion the Deputy Permanent Representative affirmed that“Italy stands in solidarity with the people of Sudan, whose aspirations for a peaceful and democratic future deserve the full support of the international community”.

Read the full statement here.